CJI must take the call, set things right: M Veerappa Moily

A day after four of the most senior Supreme Court judges spoke out against the Chief Justice of India, especially over allocation of cases, former Law Minister M Veerappa Moily on Saturday said the CJI has to “realise his responsibility”, call the judges for a discussion and resolve the “conflict”. He said it is high time “whatever has gone wrong they set it right within themselves.”

Meanwhile, DMK working president M K Stalin said that President Ram Nath Kovind should intervene if the judges could not resolve the issues, and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray asked the NDA government not to interfere in the tussle. Sena is a constituent of the NDA. Thackeray said the four judges needed to be lauded and argued that “attempts are being made to make the judiciary deaf and dumb”.

Attacking the BJP government, disgruntled BJP leader Yashwant Sinha asked his party colleagues and ministers to “get rid of their fear” and “speak up for democracy” like the four Supreme Court judges.

Speaking to The Sunday Express, Moily said the Supreme Court is grappling with an unprecedented crisis. He said the four judges — Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph — are important judges with impeccable character and integrity. And they are members of the Supreme Court Collegium.

“The Collegium is an important, crucial body which takes decisions, whether it is Memorandum ...

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